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Inspiring Retail

Monday 12th December 2016

This time last year, we were hosting our fourth instalment in the Moment Masters round table series whereby a panel of experts came together to discuss the interior trends set to take 2016 by storm. In previous posts, we have delved into each theme to highlight how you can bring this into your home.

The rise of ‘Inspiring Retail’ has been key in 2016 and one that has led the surge in inspiring consumers on how to create a home set to their needs. We have put together a series of tips and recommendations on how best you can make the most of this trend:  


Design Led

Simon Browning, Mira Showers Industrial Design Director, explains that “consumers are more design conscious than ever and they want to build stories with their home. Their choice of product is connected to the story behind the item.”

2016 has seen a definite rise of consumers using a design narrative to highlight their personality and life. Consumers now have the confidence to design their home the way they want and do not want to fall in line with the homeowner norm. The Fusion range from John Lewis brings together an eclectic and well-travelled look, bringing its global influences together in a graphic. 


Personal and Practical

Interior design specialists Trend Pulse explains that, “the consumer is after bespoke items, but then again, they also don’t want technology in the home just for the sake of it. Products need to be beautiful and practical at the same time.”

We have begun to see that bathrooms are now adaptive spaces which can change depending on the mood and personality of the consumer. People like to be in control and have options; from changing the light, temperature, and water pressure in the bathrooms.

As part of our Mira Digital Showers range our Platinum Dual configuration is available without the shower fittings so you can use your own shower fittings for one outlet and a bath filler option for the second out. With the bath fill option you can utilise the 'learn' function which allows you to teach the bath how long to run to reach the right depth and temperature, saving you the hassle of going to and from the bathroom.

Mira Platinum Dual Wireless Controller

Mira Platinum Dual - handset & bath fill outlets


Trend Pulse also comments that “there is a definite gap in the market with companies helping people to design their home. It works best by explaining how technology functions and what products are available, what they can do and how they can improve your home.”

Companies such as DFS are now launching their own apps and services whereby consumers can now be their own interior designer to create their own dream living space. Services like this provide the best example to individuals of trying this before they buy.


 The rise of craft in the home is one that we have highlighted before and is one that we can expect to see across the board. Will Brocklebank, digital design expert, states that “retailers are now linking back to the theme of craft. They have noticed that consumers are no longer purchasing the big branded products, but more of the individual items.”

 Using more natural fabrics and textures is key when it comes to re-creating or upcycling a product. We have seen the rise of wood and textiles being used rather than sheen and plastic to create the craft look. Designers such as Ines Cole specialise in taking vintage furniture and restoring it for contemporary interiors. With the use of understated and luxurious fabrics, the antique shapes are brought up-to-date.

Are you inspired by what you see in the shops? Let us know your thoughts, tweet us @mirashowers or find us on Facebook. We’d love to hear them.